Saturday, August 11, 2012

Who's hot and who's not for the Reds

Ludwick has been on fire since the All-Star Break

It's not uncommon throughout the 162-game regular season to see players go through periods of highs and lows -- it's pretty much inevitable. One week a player may look like a Hall of Famer and then the next week that same player may make you wonder how he ever made a big league roster.

With that in mind, here's a look at some Reds who are either notably streaking or slumping right now:


Who's Hot?
+ Ryan Ludwick - There's been no greater offensive force in the Reds lineup during the second half than Ludwick. He's hitting .330 with 8 HR, 26 RBI, 8 doubles, 15 RS and a 1.108 OPS since the All-Star Break. He's currently hitting .344/.400/.625 for the month of August. How do you like that, BROTHER!
+ Scott Rolen - Although limited, of course, by nagging injuries, the clubhouse leader is hitting .389 (7-22) with a .522 OBP this month. If only there was a way to keep the injury-prone third basemen healthy and productive on a regular basis.
+ Todd Frazier - The average may not been all that impressive since the All-Star break (.263), but the power numbers certainly are. The ROY candidate has slugged 5 HR, 5 doubles and 18 RBI since mid-July and has been the team's second-best run producer since Joey Votto went on the disabled list.
+ Aroldis Chapman - The Cuban Missile has pretty much been sizzling all year long and has even found his way into Cy Young talk lately. Outside of one rough week in June, he's literally been unhittable. The southpaw is a perfect 15/15 in save chances in the second half and has yet to allow a run in 16 appearances. Dominance may be an understatement here.
+ Mat Latos - He's suddenly pitching the way many thought he would when the club traded for him during the offseason. Since mid-July, Latos has made six starts in which he has complied a 3-1 record, 2.92 ERA and .212 BAA. Furthermore, he's boasting a 0.63 ERA and 0.77 WHIP through two starts in August. Perhaps the right-hander is just heating up? Let's hope so.


Who's Not?
+ Jonathan Broxton - The newcomer has labored through some shaky performances in his last two outings and that's hurt both his numbers and perception in Cincinnati. In five games he's sporting a 9.00 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and a measly 2.25 K/9. But to be fair, it is a small sample size to go off of.
+ Sean Marshall - Similar to his new teammate, the Reds' "other" eighth inning guy has struggled his last couple times out as well. He's 0-1 on the month with a 7.36 ERA in five appearances that span only 3.2 innings. Again, a small sample size, but it is what it is.
+ Bronson Arroyo - The veteran of the pitching staff is beginning to show signs of wearing down, as the team has used just five starting pitchers in 2012 (a franchise record through this many games). Opponents are hitting at a clip of .319 off of him since the All-Star break and his ERA is 5.33. Maybe it's time to skip a turn or two in the rotation to let him rest.
+ Wilson Valdez - Injuries have forced Dusty Baker to insert Valdez into a greater role, and the utility man hasn't responded too well. Aside from his overall .216 average, his slash line is just .176/.243/.176 in the second half. He has just one hit all month long in 16 at-bats (.063). Yes, he's as cold as can be at the moment.
+ Jay Bruce - When Bruce gets into a funk, he really gets into a funk. The All-Star is sputtering to a .200 average in August and has hit just .222 since July 13th. Furthermore, he's driven in only four runs this month and only 10 in the four weeks that Votto has been out. Simply put, he hasn't answered the bell recently.

All stats are accrued through games played on Friday, August 10th.

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